IN order to erase the presence of ‘obese’ and pot-bellied policemen in the future, Philippine National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa is seeing to it that his policy on BMI or Body Mass Index will be fully institutionalized, the Journal Group learned yesterday.
“Under Gen. Gamboa, the policy of BMI will be institutionalized—such that in two years, we will no longer see obese policemen in the streets,” said PNP Training Institute director, Major General Ramon L. Rafael.
The formula is simple, he explained. Once institutionalized, the PNPTI will just strictly follow the ‘No Schooling/No Training for Obese Policemen.’ No schooling or training for a policeman means he will not qualify for promotion to the next higher rank.
“An obese cop may be given a Satisfactory Rating only in their IPER (Individual Performance Evaluation Rating) which means-No Bonus. A policeman who will get a Satisfactory Rating for three consecutive times can also be attrited,” Rafael told the Journal Group.
He said that with these, “we expect our policemen to be physically fit since those who will not pass the BMI requirement will be forced to retire or be attrited.”
Rafael also said that the policy on BMI will also compliment the PNP leadership’s desire to have policemen who advocate a ‘simple and healthy lifestyle.’
“It carries with it an enhanced self-discipline which is more economical as less ‘indulge in food and drinks and avoid beer houses and karaokes while many engage into sports or other fitness/wellness activities,” he said.
By doing this, police will have less expenses for medicine, maintenance, less expenses for the PNP hospital, more time for family and less tardy officers. It will also encourage PNP officers to spend more of their free time with their families,” Rafael said.
The member of Philippine Military Academy ‘Hinirang’ Class of 1986 also said that by strictly implementing the BMI policy, there will be no more need for the PNP to conduct ‘pre-chare investigation and summary hearings’ which is time-consuming.
“Gen. Gamboa wants an honest-to-goodness strict implementation of the BMI policy. It will be institutionalized for the good of the police force and the public as well,” the PNPTI director said.
Rafael had said that their ‘back-to-basics’ program are key ingredients that would be very vital in producing quality future police officers and men, cops who will really be out there in the field to ‘serve and protect.’
In support of Gen. Gamboa’s programs, the PNPTI director is instituting the development of discipline among their trainees by strictly implementing the PNPTI Training Guide and its disciplinary mechanisms.
The official talked about the real big need to have a BMI-compliant PNPTI student and personnel. “If you are able to control your appetite, your craving for food, the bigger the chance you will be able to resist other temptations,” he explained.
He talks of a health-conscious policeman who will always spend quality time with his family. “If you are health-conscious, you will avoid cigarette and liquor. Come to think of it but many policemen before are known for regularly going to bars, nightclubs and karaokes to enjoy free drinks and pulutan. In the process, they have neglected their health and their tummies apart from their families. We want that to be a real thing of the past,” Rafael said.
The 2-star police general said that in accordance with Gen. Gamboa’s instructions, the PNPTI is strictly implementing his policy wherein ‘obese’ policemen cannot join their classmates during their graduation.
“There was previous resistance before but majority are already appreciating it. Now, a PNPTI student who is considered obese is given 1-month to lose weight by going thru a weight reduction program and if he is successful, he can graduate.
However, in the event the student fails to lose weight in 1-month, he can leave the training school without a diploma and return to get his graduation papers as soon as he passes the BMI requirement,” Rafael said.
The PNPTI director has ordered all his Regional Training Directors, the Regional Training Centers 1 to 12 and other concerned training units under him to submit a monthly monitoring of their student’s BMI in accordance with the BMI Table, Waist-to-Hip Ratio Calculator and BMI Format for uniformity.
Gen. Gamboa is the 1st PNP chief to require all his officers and men to be BMI-compliant. He also ordered that those who are not BMI-compliant won’t be allowed to go on schooling here and abroad and get other requirements needed for promotion to the next higher rank. A non-BMI-compliant policeman may also only get a ‘satisfactory’ performance rating that would strip him of a projected bonus.